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Meal
2018
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A tale of youth, good intentions, and entomophagy, "Meal" is about Yarrow, a young woman determined to make her mark of the cutting edge of cookery with her insect-based creations. However, her evangelist streak concerning insect cuisine rubs some of her fellow chefs the wrong way... particularly Chanda Flores, member of a culture that's been eating bugs for centuries, and deeply suspicious of this young white woman's intentions to turn her traditions into the next big foodie trend. Can Yarrow win over Chanda... and Milani, the neighbor she's been crushing on for weeks?
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Yarrow has been eating insects, a practice called entomophagy, since she was a kid, and now, as an adult with a culinary degree, she's eager to bring her personal passion to a professional kitchen. That's why she moved to Minneapolis, where chef Chanda Flores is opening a restaurant serving bug-focused dishes. But when Yarrow majorly flubs her opportunity by spouting trendy talking points rather than her personal connection to entomophagy, she begs for one more chance to impress the chef. With the help of her cute new neighbor, Milani, she really digs in, learning about the history of entomophagy, the local suppliers, and the reason Chanda is so protective of the practice. Ho and Delliquanti offer smart commentary on cultural appropriation in the food industry and, for the curious, several recipes. Delliquanti's clear-lined, architectural artwork nicely homes in on particular ingredients, and her character designs feature a broad range of body types and skin tones. Buoyed by a sweet queer romance and snappy banter, this thought-provoking comic is tailor-made for brainy readers fascinated by food.--Sarah Hunter Copyright 2018 Booklist
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